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Transition from the Informal to Formal Economy
The Department of Labour in partnership with the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC), the R204 national task team, International Labour Organisation (ILO) and MILE hosted a national dialogue on the Transition from the Informal to Formal Economy in South Africa, from 26 – 28 March 2018 in Durban.

The dialogue featured discussions on legal reform, participatory approach to law making, rights of workers, including collective bargaining and worker organisations at a local and provincial level, decent jobs for all and social protection.
The dialogue is line with implementing Resolution 204 (the transition from the informal to formal economy) which was adopted in 2015 during the International Labour Conference in Geneva, Switzerland.  Resolution 204 applies to all workers and economic units in the informal economy including own account workers, employers, wage workers, domestic workers, subcontracted workers, and members of cooperatives and social solidarity organisations. 

Amongst others, Resolution 204 provides guidance to International Labour Organisation (ILO) member states on:

• The provision of rights, protections and incentives for informal workers and informal businesses and recognises the need for a friendly legal and policy environment

• The promotion of the preservation and expansion of formal jobs, with the informalisation of formal jobs to be prevented.

• Paying special attention to those most vulnerable to decent work deficits including, women, youth, people with disability, elderly, indigenous, tribal, migrants, domestic workers, subsistence farmers and people living with HIV. 

• Recognition of public spaces as work places and the need for regulated access by informal workers and informal businesses to public natural resources 

• The provision of social protection, including the extension of social insurance coverage, and occupational health and safety for informal workers and informal businesses.

The three-day dialogue provided a platform for various stakeholders to engage in robust engagements and emerge with an Integrated Provincial Master Plan and Integrated National Strategy for facilitating the transition from the Informal to Formal economy. 

 Download Presentations below:


 Presentations-ILO IE 2018

Day 1-Enabling a Regulatory and Policy Environment for Transition to Formality R204 Dailogue-Comm1.pdf
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Day 1-Operation Sukuma Sakhe.pdf
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Day 1-R204 The Case For South Africa.pdf
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Day 1-Stats SA- Measurement of informality in SA .pdf
1200 KB
Day 1-Strengthening Participation FoW-R204.pdf
800 KB
Final Program 2018 IE National Dialogue.pdf
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SALRC-Maternity and Paternity Benefits Self employ Workers R204.pdf
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